YORUBA BEADED SHEATHS

YORUBA
Beaded Sheath 3
44.5" high
SOLD

YORUBA
Beaded Sheath 4
57.5" high
SOLD

YORUBA
Beaded Sheath 5
27 " high
SOLD


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

Sacred beaded sheaths (shown here below with an Oko iron staff) were used to house such a staff when it was not in ceremonial use. Backed with Ashoke cloth, both of these sheaths show the intricate beadwork and small glass beads found in older pieces of Yoruba beadwork.

The sheaths above, which have not been vetted, could have been made to be sold. Sheath 4 is the appropriate size for an Oko staff.  Sheath 5 is too short but could have held a ceremonial sword. Sheath 3 is too narrow and tight. I have not found any published examples of sheaths this narrow so I don't know for what it was intended.

YORUBA, Beaded Sheath 1, 55" h. x 10" w., $4000, Nigeria, SOLD
YORUBA, Beaded Sheath 2, 51" h., x 9.5" w., $4000, Nigeria, SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

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